First, I gotta say, whatever movie, whatever genre, if it's Will Smith...it's friggin' awesome!
Loosely based on a 50's novel also called "I Am Legend" the movie deals with Will Smith's character "Robert Neville" as he (and the movie audience) goes through a number of emotions as the monotony of his solitary life suddenly crumbles to the point of almost paralyzing fear.
The "abandoned bank" scene had me holding my breath the entire time! I didn't know if I should be more scared for "Robert" or his dog "Sam."
That is until I saw the "mutated victims"...
Puhleeeeze! I thought it was I-Robot part 2!
They should've stuck with actual human actors regardless of the "mutants" seeming like the monsters in those "28 days" films.
But putting that teeny criticism aside, like I said, Will Smith, as always, gave another stellar performance.
From his quips (probably an attempt to lighten the dark ominous feel of the movie), to his conversations with his dog "Sam," to when he had to euthanize "Sam" when she got infected (that scene just killed me!).
You just feel every single bout of emotion he's feeling in a particular scene.
Now, I can't help but compare this film to another movie, and nope, not the "28 days" movies despite its numerous similarities but more of "War of the Worlds" the Tom Cruise version.
Three-fourths of sheer terror and then... poof!
The movie all of a sudden makes you go "huh?!"
For "War of the Worlds," it's the tripods sudden death for no apparent reason (until Morgan Freeman narration explained it) and for "I Am Legend" it's the sudden appearance of other human beings.
I was anticipating the appearance of other non-infected humans I just felt that the storyline kinda went downhill from there.
Eh! But that's just me.
But I would like to stress once again how well Will Smith did in this movie.
If anything, see the movie for him.
By the way, what is it with the song "Three Little Birds" and Will Smith?
It's like his unofficial anthem! I mean first on "Shark Tale" and now on "I Am Legend" too. Oh well, at least I got a little history lesson on why "the great Bob Marley" is so great.
Oh and kudos to Will Smith's kid Willow Smith for her short but cute stint in the film. I guess the Smith kids got their parents' acting genes.
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